Argentina Warns U.S. Diplomat Over Remarks to Local Newspaper

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

By Taos Turner BUENOS AIRES--Argentina's government scolded a U.S. diplomat on Tuesday for remarks he made about the country's recent default, implying he could be expelled if he makes similar comments again. Argentine Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman called for a ...

S&P Downgrades Venezuela on Worsening Economy -- Update

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

By Chelsey Dulaney and Kejal Vyas Standard & Poor's Ratings Services on Tuesday cut Venezuela's credit rating further into junk territory, citing President Nicolás Maduro's failure to take steps to combat rising inflation and a deepening economic crisis. S&P; downgraded ...

BOE Dissenters Fail to Attract Support --Update

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

By Paul Hannon And Jon Sindreu LONDON--Two officials at the Bank of England who first pushed for an immediate rise in interest rates in August failed to attract additional support at the Monetary Policy Committee's September meeting, according to minutes ...

China's PBOC Injects $81 Billion Into Top Banks

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

BEIJING--China's central bank is injecting 500 billion yuan ($81 billion) into the country's five major state-owned banks as it moves to counter a worse-than-expected slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy, according to a senior Chinese banking executive. The size ...

Austrian August Inflation Slowed on Year

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

By Nicole Lundeen VIENNA-Austrian inflation continued to ease in August due lower prices on clothing, the country's statistics office said Wednesday. The Alpine country's consumer-price index increased 1.7% on an annual basis in August after a rise of 1.8% in ...

Moody's Keeps U.S. Outlook Stable, For Now

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

By Michael Calia The U.S. is in good enough shape to keep its triple-A rating for a while, but projected spending growth for programs such as Social Security pose concerns down the road, Moody's Investors Service said Wednesday. The firm ...

Homebuilding Coming Off Sharp July Jump -- Data Week Ahead

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

The following are forecasts for this week's remaining data from a survey compiled Friday and Monday. DATE TIME RELEASE PERIOD CONSENSUS PREVIOUS (ET) Thursday 0830 Jobless Claims Sep 13 305K (20) 315K 0830 Housing Starts Aug 1.033mln(28) 1.093mln --percent change ...

Fed's Yellen Begins Press Conference

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

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MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Gain; Dow Closes At Record High

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch)--The U.S. stock market closed slightly higher Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average reachinga record high. The main benchmarks swung higher after the Fed meeting and Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen's ...

Home-Builder Optimism Highest Since 2005

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

WASHINGTON--Home-builder optimism surged in September to the highest level since late 2005, a sign home construction could pick up in coming months. An index of builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose four points to 59 ...

Argentine Peso Hits Record Lows

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

By Ken Parks BUENOS AIRES--The Argentine peso hit record lows against the U.S. dollar in black market trading Tuesday after the central bank reported the biggest one-day drop in its international reserves since the government defaulted on some of its ...

Dollar Tad Higher Against Yen, Euro Ahead of Fed Outcome

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

By Hiroyuki Kachi The dollar was a tad higher against the yen and the euro in Asia trade Wednesday, with investors largely taking a wait-and-see stance ahead of a closely watched Federal Reserve policy meeting outcome. As of 0450 GMT, ...

New Zealand's Current Account Back in The Red

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

By Rebecca Howard WELLINGTON, New Zealand--New Zealand's current account balance swung to a deficit in the second quarter as the value of goods exports fell over a range of commodities, led by dairy. The current account deficit totaled 1.1 billion ...

U.S. Stocks Open Higher Ahead of Fed Rate Decision

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

By Saumya Vaishampayan And Alexandra Scaggs U.S. stock futures opened slightly higher Wednesday ahead of an update on monetary policy from the Federal Reserve. The Fed will issue a policy statement at 2 p.m. Eastern after the conclusion of its ...

Eurozone Inflation Remains at Record Lows

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

The annual rate of inflation in the 18 countries that use the euro was unchanged at 0.4% in August, as the European Union's statistics agency revised a previous estimate that recorded a decline to 0.3% However, the annual rate of ...

UK Unemployment Rate Falls, but Wage Rises Remain Muted

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

By Nicholas Winning and Matthew Cowley LONDON--The U.K. unemployment rate fell more than expected to the lowest level for almost six years in the three months to July, but wage growth remained at record low levels in a sign that ...